Choosing love over everything

I got a note this morning from my kids’ “grandbaba” Sandy, herself no stranger to Salon, alerting me to a piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams there: A homophobic mayor’s lesson in love.

Michigan mother Amy Weber addresses Troy, MI’s proudly heterosexist mayor with the kind of loving, measured, dead-on appeal to decency that any of us would want to make, on our best days:

“I always like to think of challenges like this as opportunities to grow,” she said, introducing her children to the assembly. Weber went on to explain that in her family, “We talk every day about different families and different types of people, and teaching respect and kindness. That is the heart that beats in our home. It’s about being kind, about choosing love over everything.” She then showed drawings that the girls had done for Daniels with the words “love” on them. Weber even added, “I would love to see you at the next gay pride parade, leading the march, saying … these are my brothers and sisters just like everybody else.”

Here’s her brief testimony:

Check out Williams’ post for more.

2 thoughts on “Choosing love over everything”

  1. I have seen this video floating around the net, and on my facebook. It is wonderful! Glad to see it reposted here.

    I also wanted to let you and your readers know about a documentary film being made by a friend of a friend, called “Between Friends and Family” about the experiences of a lesbian couple and their children’s known donor. He’s raising funds for the final production costs, check out his kickstarter here–as well as clips from his previous short film and the upcoming full feature.

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